Written by William Ng
AirAsia X, the international arm of AirAsia has jumped on the bandwagon to shuttle Malaysians abroad back en-masse in what is seen to encourage Malaysians to vote in the upcoming 13th Malaysia General Elections.
The Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, Mr. Azran Osman-Rani in a comment to “JomBalikUndi” (literally translated as “Let’s Go Home and Vote”) Facebook page stated that “AirAsia X will make available some seats on our flights at low-fares (even if last minute booking) for registered Malaysian voters in our destinations to fly back to KL to vote.”
Malaysia is currently gearing towards its 13th General Elections where it has been said by international media that it will be a nail-biting battle between Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling coalition government, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat being led by Mr. Anwar Ibrahim, the Opposition Leader who was once the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia under Mr. Mahathir Mohamad’s administration.
Scoot Airlines, Singapore Airlines’ latest long-haul low-cost budget carrier took off into the skies yesterday (supposedly 04th June but overlaps to 05th June) with its inaugural flight from Singapore Changi International Airport (T2) at approximately 0105hrs (local time) to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport. The flight was delayed for about an hour and half when it was due to take off at 2325hrs (local time) as the flight “gone tech” (an airline term for “technical problems”).
AirAsia’s Founder and CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was quick to take on its competitor when he tweeted “@tonyfernandes: Scoot’s inaugural flight only scooted 50 meters before having to return to gate. Gone Tech.”
Launched about a year ago, this airline is set to give way to a steeper competition with the already AirAsia X and Jetstar Asia in the market dominating many routes.
Other destinations in which the airline will be flying to including Gold Coast, Bangkok in Thailand and Tianjin in China later this year. CEO Campbell Wilson also said that the airline also aims to introduce routes to other destinations in Australia, New Zealand, China and India in the near future.
One day prior to the take-off from Singapore to Sydney, the Straits Times Singapore revealed that more than 100,000 seats have been sold since the airline begun selling its tickets.